Tribute to Blake Edwards set
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — Lauren Bacall, Roy Scheider and Alan Pakula are among those who will pay tribute to director Blake Edwards, being honored with the distinguished achievement award at the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, running through Sunday.
Edwards and wife Julie Andrews are slated to introduce a new print of the director’s 1968 film “The Party,” which is screening as part of the festival.
The sixth edition of the Hamptons fest kicked off Wednesday night with the New York premiere of “Living Out Loud” starring Danny DeVito, Holly Hunter and Queen Latifah. Scribe Richard LaGravenese, whose screenwriting credits include “The Fisher King” and the upcoming “Beloved,” was on hand to introduce “Loud,” which marks his directorial debut.
Among the stars skedded to make the sojourn to Eastern Long Island this weekend are Willem Dafoe and Annabella Sciorra, who topline Abel Ferrara’s “New Rose Hotel”; Eric Stoltz, who will be attending the screening of his new film “Hi-Life”; and Isabelle Huppert, star of closing night film “The School of Flesh,” which is making its U.S. premiere here.
Tourette’s story told
Polly Draper (TV’s “thirtysomething”) is slated to introduce “The Tic Code,” in which she stars with Gregory Hines. Draper wrote and co-produced the film based on the life of her husband, musician Michael Wolff, who has Tourette’s syndrome.
Another late addition to the fest is Amos Poe’s “Frogs for Snakes” starring Barbara Hershey, Robbie Coltrane, Harry Hamlin and Ian Hart. Pic is being screened as a work-in-progress and therefore cannot be reviewed by critics.
In addition to the opening night gala for “Living Out Loud,” the Hamptons fest will host parties in honor of the spotlight films “Tango,” the ensemble comedy “With Friends Like These” and the screen adaptation of the London stage hit “Little Voice” starring Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks.
Ticket sales have been strong and additional screenings have been added for three Hamptons entries — “With Friends” and the psychological thrillers “Dark Harbor” and “Cleopatra’s Second Husband.”
This year’s Hamptons festival is under new leadership. Denise Kasell is exec director, while American Museum of the Moving Image curator David Schwartz is director of programming. Among the new features that Kasell and Schwartz have added to the Hamptons fest are “Films About Filmmakers” and “Films About Performers.”
Julia Sweeney, whose performance piece “God Said Ha!” is unspooling in the fest, will be joined by Spaulding Gray for a discussion of how to adapt a one-person show for the screen.
This year’s expanded archival series includes two films directed by Richard Lester — the Beatles caper “Help!” and the Julie Christie-starrer “Petulia.” The director is also the subject of a 30-minute documentary by Stacy Cochran, screening in the “Films About Filmmakers” sidebar.